Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Looking at Copper Pieces in the OSR - or - It Weights How Much?!?
Lets see - 10 coins of any metal type make a pound in most OSR systems. The 2,000 cp that were making the rounds on G+ and blogs last week would have weighed 200 pounds for 20 gp worth of spending power. I think in most campaigns I've played in, unless the party had a portable hole or a bag of holding, copper and often silver pieces were being left behind. It just wasn't worth the effort to carry it.
When you think of it, 10 coins making a pound results in some heavy coins. These coins would weigh twice as much Eisenhower Dollar Coins, which have about 20 to a pound. US Quarters are approximately 90 to a pound.
Or, to put it another way, 9 US Quarters weight the same as 1 D&D Coin.
I don't think the issue is so much 2000 coppers, but the 200 pounds of copper they represent in D&D derived games.
If we went with 100 coins a pound, those 2,000 coppers would weight just 20 pounds. Still a significant weight, but more realistic than PCs stacking 200 pounds of any type of coin.
That will be my new house rule - 100 coins to the pound, so folks can actually pick up some of the copper they come across.
Maybe, just maybe, players wont have to drop 8 pounds of gold (or 800 pounds of copper) for a suit of chainmail ;)